Skin Care

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Skin care is incredibly important in maintaining a glowing, healthy, and youthful appearance. The skin is an organ, the biggest in the body, and needs to be nourished from the inside as well as the outside. Your skin absorbs everything, whether it’s pollutants and toxins or healthy and nourishing creams, so it’s critical that you make wise choices.  That is why I only use creams, serums and makeups that are all-natural and non-toxic.

Skin doesn’t lose its youthfulness overnight. It happens gradually and through a variety of factors. There is chronological aging, where the sweat and oil glands begin to decline, which contributes to moisture loss of the skin.  I have found that Bio Identical Hormone replacement, a good healthy lifestyle and proper diet are some of the best ways to dramatically slow the natural aging of the skin.

Another reason for the aging of the skin is photoaging, the long-term effects of exposure to sunlight, particularly ultraviolet (UV) light, which causes mottling and loss of the elasticity, resulting in wrinkling and sagging. Everyone nowadays knows that too much sun over one’s lifetime damages the skin, making it look older than it is.  The processes at work to damage the skin through sun exposure include the effects from free-radicals and decreases in collagen production. Collagen is the protein that gives skin it’s elasticity. Without it the skin takes on a coarse and leathery appearance not to mention age spots. Collagen production slows with age and starting at age 25, declines at a rate of about 1.5% per year. Some of the causes of increased free radical damage can be stress , busy lifestyle, poor diet and alcohol, smoking,UV penetration , pollution and what is applied to our skin.

Here are some great tips to keep your skin looking youthful and vibrant, from the inside out:

I take collagen powder twice a day in yogurt and in my morning breakfast to help replace the loss of collagen as I age. It is from a very reputable company that is non GMO and made in the USA. Important since Collagen made from poor sources and sold to consumers has no value.  Your skin, not to mention your hair and nails will benefit. For me I noticed small lines seem to have filled in from the inside out.

Exfoliation is so important –Remember, with skin care you don’t want to use anything harsh that will cause inflammation to the skin. This can actually do harm and cause some aging of the skin.  Don’t overdo any cleansers or exfoliates.  When I need an exfoliant, I use a very mild facial scrub-usually once a week-and follow with a natural clay mask to tighten the pores. An all-natural exfoliant will encourage new cell growth, giving you skin a healthy glow. You should try to find a scrub that is formulated with granular components, such as ground walnut shells, ground almonds, oatmeal,or peach which is the gentlest on the skin. One product I love is Suzanne Organics Exfoliating Peach Cleanser which you can purchase by clicking here 
SUZANNE Organics Exfoliating Peach Cleanser
.ExfoliatingPeachCleanser_grande  It is gentle and effective leaving your skin glowing and looking healthy Your goal is to cleanse and refine skin texture, and encourage new cell growth, not grind off a layer of skin. Don’t use an exfoliant on the delicate areas surrounding your eyes. Your body as well needs exfoliation and with textured gloves made for that purpose I exfoliate my skin by rubbing in a circular motion gentle on my entire body everyday  to sluff off the dead skin , leaving a soft glowing skin afterwards. Always be gentle not scrubbing your skin.

Keeping the Volume in Your Face with Suzanne Somers’ Facemaster

I want to talk about the virtues of face enhancers. For years I did facial exercises daily. I started doing face exercising when I was about 30 after developing a fascination with how the muscles in our face determine how we looked and how they would age if neglected and even then I noticed a results from exercising especially around my mouth and eyes. The muscles in your face are no different than they are anywhere else in your body and need to be maintained. Then, around the age of 43, I discovered battery operated face enhancers. I found using a machine was easier and faster than doing the exercises and the effects I felt were deeper at least it felt like it. My first was the Connie Stevens “Time Machine”, it was battery operated and designed to send our small electrical impulses to pressure points on the face. The Microcurrents from both the Facemaster and the Time Machine revitalize the muscles in our face, tightening and strengthening the facial muscles that result in a tighter, lifted, youthful appearance, much like when you excersise any muscle of the body

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I loved the “Time Machine” but several years ago I switched to Suzanne Somers’ Face Master because the wands could be used around the eyes that really took away any puffiness I had and I found it easier to get to the acupuncture points of the face, which are important to stimulate because they significantly improve blood flow. The facemaster I found in traveling was easier to pack as well. Another upside to the Face Master is the ability to regulate the intensity of the probes, with a little help from the how-to DVD that’s included it’s a cinch to learn exactly how to get the best results. I feel that with the daily use of the facemaster I have given my face volume and not a hollow effect of the aging process.

As an example of its usefulness, I used to do autograph shows around the country. Between the flying, jet lag and long hours at the show, my face, especially around my eyes, would be puffy and swollen . Using the wand for 20 minutes around my eyes had a noticeable impact on my appearance, the puffiness around my eyes would go down and my face seemed refreshed and vibrant.

I could go on but needless to say, this is a product I really believe in, it’s easy to use, effective and even enjoyable. If you’d like to purchase one for yourself follow the link I’ve provided below.

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